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7s Challenger Series

Postby RugbyLiebe » Tue, 04 Feb 2020, 15:13

The new Challenger Series starts soon.
We all know that the implementation of World Rugby was nothing more than pure amateurism, with breaking existing contracts and telling teams to re-qualify in two more tournaments just two months in advance.

But lets go back to what happens on the pitch.

Tournaments:
1st in Valparaiso, Chile 15–16 February
2nd in Montevideo, Uruguay 22–23 February

Best 8 teams qualify for the final tournament in Hong Kong (3–5 April). The HK-Tournament winner qualifies for the World Series (if World Rugby doesn't change it afterwards).

Participation teams (alphabetical order)
1 Brazil
2 Chile
3 Germany
4 Hong Kong
5 Italy
6 Jamaica
7 Japan
8 Papua New Guinea
9 Portugal
10 Tonga
11 Uganda
12 Uruguay
13 Zimbabwe
14 Colombia
15 Mexico
16 Paraguay

Groups @ 1st tournament:
Pool A: Uruguay, Japan, Portugal, Tonga
Pool B: Hong Kong, Colombia, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea
Pool C: Germany, Italy, Paraguay, Uganda
Pool D: Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Zimbabwe
How to grow rugby worldwide?
Look at the world ranking in July. Teams ranked 1-10 have to play one team from 11-20 (they don't play in a regular competition) away the next year. 11-20 play 21-30 away and so on. Yes, it really is that simple.

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby RugbyLiebe » Tue, 04 Feb 2020, 15:18

German squad:

RG Heidelberg: Fabian Heimpel, Tim Lichtenberg, Bastian Himmer, Carlos Soteras Merz, Tim Biniak, Sebastian Fromm
SC Neuenheim: Manasah Sita
RK Heusenstamm: Leon Hees
Castres Olympique (FRA): Zani Dembele
TSV Handschuhsheim: Jacobus Otto, Anjo Buckman
Hannover 78: Phil Szczesny, Jarrod Saul
Worthing Raiders RFC (ENG): Jonathon Dawe

On call reserves: Robin Plümpe (RG Heidelberg), Joshua Tasche (SC Neuenheim), Marcel Coetzee (TSV Handschuhsheim), Robert Haase (BSC Offenbach)

Source: http://www.totalrugby.de/content/view/10119/38/

This is the best squad Germany has to offer. Fromm is back and Otto (the best XVs player in the last decade in my opinion) is also on board. Also back from injury is Zani Dembele. The only player I am really missing is Ben Ellermann. The 21-year-old impressed me a lot when Germany won the European championship this summer.
How to grow rugby worldwide?
Look at the world ranking in July. Teams ranked 1-10 have to play one team from 11-20 (they don't play in a regular competition) away the next year. 11-20 play 21-30 away and so on. Yes, it really is that simple.

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby germanbullsfan » Tue, 04 Feb 2020, 18:27

They have to deliver now, its not getting easier in the comming years , as you rightly mentioned it , you never know with what WR comes up next.

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby Vova12 » Tue, 04 Feb 2020, 18:51

Can anyone provide me with composition of 1880 Frankfurt team? I could not find it anywhere!
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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby carbonero » Wed, 05 Feb 2020, 02:44

The Challenger might be expanded next season. Chile Rugby president said World Rugby is looking to add dates in the second semester > https://www.latercera.com/el-deportivo/ ... te/999225/

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby RugbyLiebe » Wed, 05 Feb 2020, 07:25

Vova12 wrote:Can anyone provide me with composition of 1880 Frankfurt team? I could not find it anywhere!


Try to contact them via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SCFrankfurt1880Rugby/ or the contact e-mail-adress on their homepage: sekretariat@sc1880.de
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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby Vova12 » Wed, 05 Feb 2020, 08:02

I found it. It is surprising that it is impossible to find names of players in public domain!
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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby Canalina » Thu, 06 Feb 2020, 08:01

Uganda squad
Nice to see that Wokorach found a place in a french club; even if is seems that Bourges XV is just in Fed3, I thought that Wokorach deserved something higher
1. Pius Ogena (Betway Kobs)
2. Desire Ayera (Stanbic Black Pirates)
3. Ian Munyani (Betway Kobs)
4. Levi’s Ocen (Daystar Falcons)
5. Solomon Okia
6. Isaac Massa (Stanbic Black Pirates)
7. Adrian Kasiito (Betway Kobs)
8. Aaron Ofoywroth (Hima Cement Heathens)
9. William Nkore (Stanbic Black Pirates)
10. Norbert Okeny (Betway Kobs)
11. Philip Wokorach (Bourges XV)
12. Michael Okorach (Hima Cement Heathens)

Italy large group
Diego ANTL (Femi-CZ Rovigo)
Francesco BONAVOLONTA’ (Valorugby Emilia)
Lorenzo Maria BRUNO (Sitav Lyons)
Massimo CIOFFI (Femi-CZ Rovigo)
Mattia D’ANNA (Mogliano)
Rocco DEL BONO (I Medicei)
Daniele DI GIULIO (HBS Colorno)
Niccolò FADALTI (Petrarca Padova)
Federico GUBANA (Mogliano)
Tommaso JANNELLI (Parabiago)
Antoine KOFFI (Kawasaki Robot Calvisano)
Gabriele LEVERATTO (Biella Rugby)
Jona MOTTA (ASR Milano)
Andrea PRATICHETTI (Mogliano, 4 caps)
Jaco VAN TONDER (HBS Colorno)
Gianmarco VIAN (Femi-CZ Rovigo)
Juan Alejandro WAGENPFEIL (IM Exchange Viadana)
Luca ZINI (Petrarca Padova)

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby RugbyLiebe » Thu, 06 Feb 2020, 08:12

Canalina wrote:Uganda squad
Nice to see that Wokorach found a place in a french club; even if is seems that Bourges XV is just in Fed3, I thought that Wokorach deserved something higher

https://kawowo.com/2019/10/03/philip-wo ... to-france/

Seems like he does the classic "small-club - one paid man for everything"-stuff there..,
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Look at the world ranking in July. Teams ranked 1-10 have to play one team from 11-20 (they don't play in a regular competition) away the next year. 11-20 play 21-30 away and so on. Yes, it really is that simple.

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby NaBUru38 » Sat, 08 Feb 2020, 00:06

I'm afraid I may not attend our round.

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby RugbyLiebe » Mon, 10 Feb 2020, 10:12

NaBUru38 wrote:I'm afraid I may not attend our round.


Looks like you are in the same boat as Zimbabwe for the Chile part:

THE Zimbabwe Rugby sevens team, the Cheetahs, are racing against time to acquire visas for the Sevens Challenger Series tournaments in Chile in a week’s time.[...]Applications have to be submitted in South Africa with each individual expected to come in person.

https://www.chronicle.co.zw/cheetahs-ra ... inst-time/
How to grow rugby worldwide?
Look at the world ranking in July. Teams ranked 1-10 have to play one team from 11-20 (they don't play in a regular competition) away the next year. 11-20 play 21-30 away and so on. Yes, it really is that simple.

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby Canalina » Mon, 10 Feb 2020, 11:38

Still not a detailed time-schedule, as far as I've seen, but we know that the games will start at 11.00 and will finish at 20.30.
So between 15.00 and just past midnight in central Europe
At the end of day one the Selknam team will be presented to the crowd
https://ticketplus.cl/events/seven-chal ... -mar-chile

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby victorsra » Mon, 10 Feb 2020, 18:37

The fixtures with kickoff times are here https://www.world.rugby/fixtures
Brazilian Rugby News: www.portaldorugby.com.br

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby victorsra » Tue, 11 Feb 2020, 05:03

Brazilian squad

Adrio de Melo (Pasteur), Ariel Rodrigues (Poli), Bryan Alves (Pasteur), David Páscoa (Jacareí), Douglas Rauth (Curitiba), Gabriel Quirino (São José), Laurent Bourda-Couhet (Band Saracens), Matheus Cláudio (Jacareí), Rafael dos Santos (São José), Robert Tenório (Poli), Stefano Giantorno (São José), Vicent Quirino (São José);

This means 5 debuts: Adrio de Melo, Rafael dos Santos, Bryan Alves and the Quirino brothers, all of them recently promoted from the U20s national team. Two Rio 2016 players remain: Bourda-Couhet and Giantorno.

Brazil also has a new coach: Júlio Faria, a Brazilian with only 30 years old, that was the assistant coach of Jake Mangin (New Zealander that left the U20s national team at the end of 2019). Faria won the Brazilian national sevens championship last year coaching his club Jacareí. The Brazilian Fernando Portugal was the 7s coach last year, as well assistant coach of the 15s main national team. With Ambrosio leaving, Portugal became the Tupis XV and Corinthians coach.

And the Brazilian national sevens championship (that is a sole tournament) will be played next weekend, without the Tupis...
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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby victorsra » Tue, 11 Feb 2020, 05:28

victorsra wrote:Brazilian squad

Adrio de Melo (Pasteur), Ariel Rodrigues (Poli), Bryan Alves (Pasteur), David Páscoa (Jacareí), Douglas Rauth (Curitiba), Gabriel Quirino (São José), Laurent Bourda-Couhet (Band Saracens), Matheus Cláudio (Jacareí), Rafael dos Santos (São José), Robert Tenório (Poli), Stefano Giantorno (São José), Vicent Quirino (São José);

This means 5 debuts: Adrio de Melo, Rafael dos Santos, Bryan Alves and the Quirino brothers, all of them recently promoted from the U20s national team. Two Rio 2016 players remain: Bourda-Couhet and Giantorno.

Brazil also has a new coach: Júlio Faria, a Brazilian with only 30 years old, that was the assistant coach of Jake Mangin (New Zealander that left the U20s national team at the end of 2019). Faria won the Brazilian national sevens championship last year coaching his club Jacareí. The Brazilian Fernando Portugal was the 7s coach last year, as well assistant coach of the 15s main national team. With Ambrosio leaving, Portugal became the Tupis XV and Corinthians coach.

And the Brazilian national sevens championship (that is a sole tournament) will be played next weekend, without the Tupis...

Curiosity:

The Quirino brothers are the 4th pair of siblings from São José Rugby Clube that played senior rugby for Brazil in the past 5 years! They follow the Duque brothers (Lucas and Moisés), the Sancery brothers (Felipe and Daniel) and Lopes siblings (Pedro and Cleice, brother and sister).
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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby Canalina » Tue, 11 Feb 2020, 07:31

I hope the tournament will be live streamed, and I'm pretty confident about

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Postby Pichulonko » Tue, 11 Feb 2020, 22:20

Canalina wrote:I hope the tournament will be live streamed, and I'm pretty confident about


It is by ESPNscrum

https://www.scrum.com.ar

https://www.facebook.com/Scrum.com.ar/

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby Canalina » Tue, 11 Feb 2020, 23:35

Do we know the referees, just for curiosity?

Even if I doubt they have called an italian referee for a tournament in South America

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby Canalina » Wed, 12 Feb 2020, 10:09

Bad to see that the World 7s Challenger is not part of the tournaments calendar on the World Rugby website. And that their "where to watch" section is updated to august 2019. They really have to take better care of their website

https://www.world.rugby/tournaments

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby Blurandski » Wed, 12 Feb 2020, 14:46

HK7s moved to October, so 7s Challenger series results will presumably be used for pro/rel?

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Re: 7s Challenger Series

Postby RugbyLiebe » Wed, 12 Feb 2020, 15:01

Blurandski wrote:HK7s moved to October, so 7s Challenger series results will presumably be used for pro/rel?

Source? That's big news.
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Re: 7s Challenger Series

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